Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary

7944 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA


Barry Dennis Grimes

April 2, 1963June 26, 2020

Barry Dennis Grimes was born in Vancouver, Washington on April 2, 1963 to Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Grimes. He passed away in Riverside, CA on June 26, 2020. The family moved to Beaverton, OR in 1965, and then to Concord, CA where they lived for a year and then moved back to Beaverton. Barry was educated in Beaverton schools and graduated from Beaverton High in June of 1981. He attended Portland State U for one year and then joined the United States Navy in 1983 . After boot camp he was stationed in San Diego, CA and assigned to the USS Leahy, a guided missile cruiser. On the USS Leahy he was a radioman for nine years. He went on many WESTPAC tours on ship, being at sea for many months at a time. He visited Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong and many other Pacific destinations. He also spent time on the Indian ocean and was able to explore a bit in Kenya. He enjoyed his time in Africa and recalled many interesting sites there. He reenlisted in the Navy in 1987 w ith his reenlistment ceremony on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. He had a post in Bremerton, WA at the Puget Sound Navy Shipyard and submarine base for a short time while the USS Leahy was under repair. He spent the last years of his Navy career in western Australia, s tationed at Harold E. Holt . He loved Australia and embraced the culture there and the people. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1993. By this time, most of Barry’s family had moved to southern California and after his discharge from the Navy he joined his family in Los Angeles. Barry had a passion for technology early on starting with a CB radio and then to his mastery later of computers and gaming on xbox. Barry was very artistic and loved to draw and paint. Family members have artwork on their walls that he created. He was musically inclined and took piano lessons and then played by ear. He was in Concert Choir and theater classes at Beaverton High and performed in both. He took lead roles in Aladdin and West Side Story. He also joined theater at Portland State U and performed in a play there. He had an appreciation for movies and music from an early age and he kept a large inventory of favorites on video and even as a youth was the same about music, discovering rock n roll favorites such as Queen, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Elton John. He was interested in photography and took many photos. He loved to travel and had visited England, Norway, Canada and Mexico, as well as many states in the US. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always a “glass half full” kind of guy. He cooked a lot and enjoyed talking about his latest concoction and how it turned out. He often gave restaurant reviews online. He had many interests with entomology being one of his latest. He researched the behavior of the Mantis and studied their habitat and diet then owned several Mantises and photographed them. One of the highlights in Barry’s life was the birth of his nephew, Derek Grimes, in 2006. Many days and nights were spent playing with Derek and showing and teaching him new things. Barry adored his nephew and enjoyed retelling all of the cute things he said and did. Being with Derek was one of Barry’s great joys. Barry loved the ocean and as a youth, enjoyed weekends and summers at the family’s beach home in Rockaway, OR. Many good times with family and friends were had during his growing up years. In California he would take annual trips to Ventura with family and many train rides to Morro Bay with his nephew and brother. He loved to go fishing and crabbing; even from childhood he was a risky eater and always courageous in trying new exotic sea foods. After the Navy, and before his career with the State of California, he had a position with a marine company going out on a fishing boat and assisting with shark and other marine life autopsies. Barry was adventurous and always ready to try something new and different. He had a passion to learn about and enjoy single malt whiskey from Scotland in hopes of some day visiting Scotland. He was a blessing to have at any function, party, or gathering. He could talk to anyone and keep the conversation going and have them laughing; he was charming, and people liked him and were quite taken with him. Yet he was always sensitive and considerate of others’ feelings. He will be terribly missed. He enjoyed going to Las Vegas which he did throughout the years. He wasn’t a gambler but enjoyed the nice hotels, shows and restaurants. Barry worked for the State of California for many years in the Department of Motor Vehicles starting in 2004. When the Call Center in North Hollywood planned to close to open a new Call Center in Riverside, CA, Barry was dedicated to stay with the team and moved to Riverside CA. He enjoyed his work there and the people he worked with and made many friends. He participated in the extra activities his team engaged in such as group costumes, chili cook-offs and other holiday events. Many of his teammates have expressed how much they had enjoyed working with Barry. He was preceded in death by grandmothers Hilda Franklin, Naomi Ruby Hockett and aunt Bonnie Jo Wood. Surviving Barry are his mother, Judy Marlene Grimes of Sherwood, OR; father Dennis Sydney Grimes of Hurricane, UT; brother Darin Jay Grimes and husband Jonathan Abram Manion, nephew Nathan Julius Jordan Grimes-Manion of Portland, OR; brother Eric Stephen Grimes and wife Kyle Lynn Grimes, nephew Derek Sidney Grimes of Glendale, CA; uncle William Hugh (Bill) Hockett and wife Nancy of Portland, OR; cousin Aaron William Hockett and wife Catherine of Portland, OR; cousin Jennifer Jo Swanson of Newberg, OR. Instead of flowers, if someone wishes to donate to a charity in Barry’s name, he held the Wounded Warrior Project https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ and Veterans Association of America http://vetsaa.org/477323 in high regard. Notification of a funeral service in Oregon will go out later in the year.


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Barry Dennis Grimes

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David Guitron

July 9, 2020

I was fortunate enough to sit next to Barry at work. We had many interesting, hilarious, and joyous conversations about the most random topics. We would often carpool to “Taco Night” after work where he would often share how much he loved his nephew. Barry’s kindness, laughter, and talent will be missed most. Barry would often leave me notes with doodles on them which I will always treasure. It was simple yet meaningful gestures like this that made Barry such a wonderful person. Barry will be missed immensely. Until we meet again buddy...

Robert and Rhonda Villalobos

July 9, 2020

Robert and I worked with Barry at the DMV call center. He was a very nice man and we loved it when he did the "hot topics " during the Wednesday morning meetings! Always made us laugh. Our condolences to his family! Barry will definitely be missed!

Alejandro Mendez

July 9, 2020

I had the extreme pleasure in meeting Barry when I first started to work at the Call Center. When i retired from the Marines. He trained me, he became a great friend and someone I can go to for any questions I had. He was the corner stone of our team .

You will be greatly missed...Thank you.. for making that transition a memorable one.

“Fair winds and Following Seas”

Siempre Fi

APRIL Landers

July 9, 2020

Barry's kind and humble spirit will be missed. I enjoyed working with him and running into him at the local market. He always had nice words to say. My deepest sympathy to the family. May the loving memories of Barry stay forever in your hearts.

Mari Perez-Shade

July 9, 2020

Barry was always so sweet to me. It was only my second day at work and I knew no one. He introduced himself to me and then started talking about the various teas he had in his drawers. He then gave me various ones to try that were from different countries and would tell me different stories about the teas. I really enjoyed talking to him. He always said good morning to me and then good-bye when he left for the day. He was such a sweet angel. He was endearing, kind, and caring. I am so sorry he passed away and I am very sorry for your loss. God bless you.

Jessica Gilliam

July 9, 2020

Barry was such a kind soul. His humor and kindness will be missed. I am deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family.

Sandra Maiden

July 9, 2020

My coworker "Bear" I called him, will definitely be missed. We greeted one another each morning and enjoyed sharing our travel stories and gourmet dishes we've tried or desired to cook. He had the greatest smile to start the day. My condolences to the family.

Sandra Guereque

July 8, 2020

What can I say that hasn't been already said. Thank you for the great memories you left me. The world lost a great human. God speed my friend. Till we meet again "beachy Barry"...

Susan Lowe

July 8, 2020

I worked with Barry at the DMV Riverside contact center. Barry was a bright light and such a pleasure to work with. He was an upbeat and gentle soul. He will be missed by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends ♥

Jackie Dagg

July 8, 2020

Berry was an awesome friend, loved his personality, when Steven Smith and him would go for lunch, Berry would always ask me if I wanted anything and I would say whatever you bring back, loved his choice of food always awesome, I miss his morning hi and smile, truly missed but never forgotten.....RIP Berry!!